“Reality Economics,” a workshop developed by T. J. Hansen, Assistant Professor of Economics, and six MSUM students (Kelsey Grondahl, Melhik Negatu, Katie Nicklay, Fariha Rahman, Jill Steinwand, and Enkhjargal Tumenbayar) was delivered in conjunction with the Expanding Your Horizons Conference on April 14.

This conference, which is held at multiple sites in Fargo-Moorhead invites young women from Minnesota and North Dakota who are in the seventh, eighth, or ninth grade to explore careers which use mathematics. In the “Reality Economics” workshop, participants were introduced to the concepts of inflation, unemployment, and gross domestic product. Forty-nine participants were involved in making economic calculations and learning how economic data aid the decision making of households and firms.